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Exploring the relevance of sustainability values and principles - impact of International Social Education (ISE) in a local context
Department of Social Work, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Science, University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück, DE-49076 Osnabrück, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9282-7627
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0428-2001
2024 (English)In: ScienceOpen Research, E-ISSN 2199-1006Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the relevance of sustainability in international social education (ISE). Our empirical data is based on a survey of social work students from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Sweden. Theoretically, we draw on Bronfenbrenner’s theory of social ecosystems and Dewey’s emphasis on democratic learning. We use a qualitative approach based on Strauss’ Grounded Theory, which allows us to dig deep into the meanings of the students thematic reflections. The students experienced that learning in an international context is learning with all senses, is a “24/7 learning”, and is learning in another language (at least most of the time). The results of our survey underline that acquiring knowledge in an international context contributes to a comprehensive understanding of social work as a profession and to the formation of a broad and professional identity. This includes a wide range of critical and systemic thinking skills that enable enquiry, integration and holistic thinking, i.e. sustainability.

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Berlin: ScienceOpen , 2024.
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Sustainability, Internationalization, Social Education, Experience, Professional Identity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66515DOI: 10.14293/s2199-1006.1.sor.2024.0001.v1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66515DiVA, id: diva2:1847299
Available from: 2024-03-27 Created: 2024-03-27 Last updated: 2024-03-28Bibliographically approved

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